In Brief

Aboriginal law student scholarship trust

All contributions received before March 31, 2008 toward a new scholarship for Aboriginal persons to attend law school in BC will be acknowledged at a spring launch event. The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, has established two annual scholarships for Aboriginal persons to study law at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. Under an agreement with the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, the CBA has committed to raise a minimum of $500,000 to endow the CBABC Aboriginal Law Scholarship Trust. The Law Foundation has agreed to match funds raised by the CBA to a maximum of $75,000.

Visit cba.org/bc for more information and to make a donation.


Court Services award

Court Services Online has received the Premier’s gold award for excellence and innovation in the public service.

The award goes to a 10-person Court Services team that developed the online system that allows clients to produce, sign and submit documents electronically to court registry staff without having to travel to a courthouse. It is the first comprehensive system of its kind in Canada.

The award is for public service initiatives in the Lower Mainland region and will be considered for a provincial award later in March.


Appointment to outside body

The Land Title and Survey Authority has appointed Geoffrey Plant, QC to their Board of Directors from nominees put forward by the Law Society. The appointment is for up to three years, starting March 31.


New Law Foundation chair

Dev Dley, QC of Kamloops has been elected as Chair of the Law Foundation of BC beginning January 1, 2008. Dley succeeds Warren Wilson, QC of Vancouver, who will remain on the Law Foundation board as Chair Emeritus.

Dley has his own law firm in Kamloops, where he carries on a litigation practice. He received his LLB from the University of Victoria in 1978, was called to the BC Bar in 1979 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2005. Previously, Dley was Commissioner and General Counsel for the Western Hockey League (1996–2000). His community work includes service as a school trustee in Lake Cowichan, as a governor at Malaspina College in Nanaimo, and as a director of the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation and several charity golf tournaments.

Dley has been a governor of the Law Foundation since 2002 and has served as chair of the Foundation’s policy and planning committee, and as a member of the finance and administration, new grants and bursary, scholarship and fellowship committees.


Judicial appointments

Kimberley Arthur-Leung has been appointed to the Provincial Court of BC in the Lower Mainland. Since being called to the Bar in 1989, Arthur-Leung has been working in private practice in family and civil law. She is active with various community activities in Delta and in 2004 was recognized with a BC Achievement Foundation Award.

The Honourable Robert Bauman has been appointed to the Court of Appeal of BC. Mr. Justice Bauman was formerly a member of the Supreme Court of BC, having been appointed to that court in 1996, and has been chair of the Supreme Court civil law committee since 2005 and a member of the Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee since 2004.

Rita Syal Bowry has been appointed to the Provincial Court of BC in Fort St. John. In private practice in Dawson Creek since 1989, Bowry developed practice expertise as a family law mediator.

Lauri Ann Fenlon has been appointed to the Supreme Court of BC. Fenlon has been an associate counsel with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin in Vancouver since 1997, before which she practised civil litigation with its predecessor Russell & DuMoulin as an associate from 1985 to 1992 and as a partner from 1992 to 1997.

Geoffrey Gaul has been appointed to the Supreme Court of BC. Since 2003 Gaul has been the Director of the Criminal Justice Branch, BC Ministry of Attorney General.

Susan Griffin, QC has been appointed to the Supreme Court of BC. Griffin has practised general litigation in Vancouver as a partner of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP since 1999, and previously as a partner of Roberts, Muir & Griffin from 1989 to 1999. Griffin received a Master of Laws with distinction from the University of London, U.K. in 1992, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1984.

Deborah Lovett, QC has been appointed to the Supreme Court of BC. Lovett has practised administrative, labour, constitutional, environmental, employment and human rights law in Victoria with Lovett & Westmacott since 1997, and was previously employed with Legal Services Branch, BC Ministry of the Attorney General, from 1984 to 1997.

Russell MacKay has been appointed to the Provincial Court of BC in Chilliwack. MacKay practised criminal and youth law in Vancouver for 27 years, most recently with the Granville Law Group.

Paul Pearlman, QC has been appointed to the Supreme Court of BC. Pearlman has practised administrative, labour, aboriginal and employment law in Victoria with Fuller, Pearlman, McNeil since 1993.

Calvin Andrew Struyk has been appointed to the Provincial Court of BC in Terrace. Struyk was called to the Bar in 1991 and has been in private practice in Terrace for 12 years. He worked as a Crown counsel in the 1990s. Struyk’s community involvement includes coaching youth soccer in Terrace.